Paige Spiranac Says Men Use Binoculars To Watch Her At Golf Course
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The self-proclaimed 'OG Insta golf girl' and social media influencer was discussing the kind of reception she's used to at exclusive clubs on her podcast Playing A Round with Paige Renee, after top-ranked New Jersey club Pine Valley announced that it would at long last allow women to become members.
But clearly, based on the 28-year-old's experiences, there's a long way to go to make the sport more inclusive.
"I've literally been on country clubs where guys are using range-finders to look at me from two fairways over," she claimed.
Range-finders are basically special binoculars, for the layman.
Spiranac added: "And I've had people, like, I'll walk on, and they're like, 'Who let the cart girl out to play?'
"They don't make you feel welcome."
Spiranac, who had a brief stint as a professional golfer, has amassed three million followers on Instagram. However, her unorthodox outfits have often left her feeling ostracised from the golfing community.
Speaking on her podcast last year, she said: "It's like my whole life I'm trying to find a place where I can fit in and that I feel comfortable and that I feel at peace with myself and I haven't found that.
"Golf is the absolute worst place for me to be because I am the exact opposite of everything that a golfer should encompass, should be, and I'm not.
"I'm not refined, I'm raw and real and I wear what I want and I have always been so different and golf is not that way."
Pine Valley golf club is looking to take a step in the right direction though, having announced last week that all gender-specific language will be removed from its bylaws.
Until now, women have only been permitted to play the course on Sunday afternoons.
In an email to members, club president Jim Davis said an 'historic change' was being made.
According to GOLF.com, the email read: "The future of golf must move toward inclusion and I am pleased to report that the Trustees and members of the Pine Valley Golf Club voted unanimously and with enthusiasm to remove all gender-specific language from our bylaws."
He continued: "We are simply continuing down the path of making our Club more inclusive.
"We want to be proud of Pine Valley in all respects, and I am convinced this change puts us on the right side of history."